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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The play "Seven Agaist Thebes" is the third in a _______ of plays.
(a) Trilogy.
(b) Series.
(c) Comedy.
(d) Tragedy.

2. Who does the King of Thebes address in the city?
(a) Male citizens.
(b) Working citizens.
(c) Women citizens.
(d) All citizens.

3. Who conspires to kill Oedipus at the end of the Background section?
(a) Ismene.
(b) Eteocles and Polyneices.
(c) King of Argos.
(d) The Spinx.

4. The belief system of ancient Greece is that existence depends upon _____, or the will of the gods?
(a) Luck.
(b) Destiny.
(c) Fate.
(d) Free will.

5. What is a Spinx?
(a) Half-woman, half-goat.
(b) Half-man, half-lion.
(c) Half-woman, half-lion.
(d) Half-man, half-horse.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who runs on with news that the seven powerful generals of the attacking army have performed a blood sacrifice?

2. Who says, "Their reports will save me from all traps and deceptions?"

3. What is the genre of Seven Against Thebes?

4. Who punishes Laius for kidnapping and murdering his friend's son?

5. What type of violation is used to describe women seeing their husbands, sons, and brothers killed?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between Eteocles and Polyneices.

2. Why would Eteocles and Polyneices plot to kill their father?

3. Give an examples of how imagery is used in part 3 of the play.

4. Give an example of how religion is utilized in part 1 of the play.

5. How is the theme of family portrayed in this play?

6. Why do you think the death of Eteocles and Polyneices is referred to as an "occassion for both rejoicing and weeping"?

7. Why do you think Eteocles makes no comment regarding the attacking general Eteoklos but immediately sends out his general?

8. How does the city of Thebes view both Eteocles and Polyneices?

9. Describe Laius' reaction to the Oracle's foreshadowing of Oedipus' life. Was his reaction justified? Explain.

10. Why does Eteocles say he is so angry with the Chorus in the beginning of part 2?

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